Kraus Back and Neck Institute in Houston, TX

Relief from Lower Back and Neck Pain

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      At the Kraus Back and Neck Institute (KBNI), we specialize
                 in non-surgical as well as surgical treatments
                                of Back and Neck  Pain
     Conservative to Surgical Options: MINIMALLY INVASIVE SPINE SUGERY 
 "Applying Science to the Art of Medicine"                                                  
                 Dr. Kraus is available for Neurosurgery consultation (surgical and non-surgical) in Houston.
                      Offices:  1) West Houston Medical Center
                                    2) Memorial Hermann Memorial City Hospital
                                    3) Katy
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                                            Dr. Kraus is honored to be listed in
                                            "Best Doctors in America" (2001-2008) and
                                             "Top Doctors of Houston, Texas" (2007, 2008, 2009)     

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The time to take care of low back pain problems is before they occur.  The "ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure" philosophy holds when it comes to low back pain.  By using proper lifting techniques, maintaining the appropriate body weight and tone, keeping the back and body muscles strong, and keeping good posture, many back injuries and episodes of low back pain could be avoided.  The cost to employers each year, due to low back pain problems alone, is in the order of several billion dollars.

spine posture 
The spine has three curves.  The cervical spine has a natural lordosis (with the spine arched backwards).  The thoracic spine, a natural kyphosis (with the spine slightly flexed forward).  And the lumbar spine has a natural lordosis.  These curves allow for the center of gravity to be placed over ones feet.  Disruption of one of these curves places an undue strain upon the other curves. 

Disruption of the curves can come from chronic poor posture, or from lifting incorrectly.  When lifting objects, spine posture and low back painit is important to remember to bend with the knees and hips, thus allowing the legs to do the work, taking stress off of the spine.  To reduce the strain or "torque" on the spine, hold the object as close to the body as possible.  Bending at the waist, keeping the legs straight at the knees, places a large amount of strain on the spine, and in particular the low back.  Don't do this!!  BEND AT THE KNEES.  In addition, one should tighten the abdominal muscles when lifting, taking more pressure off the low back.


Proper Form

proper form for strength training techniques is importantBefore taking on any new exercise regimen, please, make sure you are using proper form.  Improper form, for stretching, strength training, and cardiovascular activities, could mean tearing and injuring tendons, ligaments, and muscles.  And the goal of exercise is to strengthen you, not injure you.  So USE GOOD and PROPER FORM.









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Avoid staying too long in any position which causes the natural curves of the spine to be distorted.  Change positions often, whether sitting, standing or lying down.  Sitting can actually put a moderate amount of strain on the low back, and it is important to get up and walk around frequently.  Sit straight up, not hunched over.  A lumbar support may help with this.  When standing for a long period of time, keep the spine straight, standing posture, back care and low back pain preventionagain aligning the center of gravity over the feet.  It is often helpful to place on foot on a box or some other object, as it takes pressure off the low back and the sacro-iliac joints. Also remember to shift legs.  Switch feet periodically, every thirty minutes.  standing posture, back care and low back pain preventionWhen sleeping, if on one's side, a pillow between the knees can take strain off the low back.  When driving, sit straight up, not slumped.  Keep the seat far enough forward, so that your knees are slightly bent. 

Wear comfortable shoes, especially if you will be on your feet for a long time.  Try to wear high heels as infrequently as possible, as it distorts the curves of the spine, and places increased stress on the low back.

To remember the proper posture when standing, try to keep the ears, shoulders, hips and ankles in a straight line.





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If you must lift, keep the objects close to your body.  Avoid twisting when you are carrying heavy objects.  Remember, bend at the knees, not at the waist. 











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